Mayor Lori Ackerman named the 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

first_imgThe Energy Council of Canada goes on to share Mayor Ackerman willingness to share lessons learned and to engage in dialogue regarding the relationship between local communities and Canada’s energy sector marks her as a leader not only in her own community but across Canada.“Canadian communities that grow alongside energy development, manage unique development opportunities. Balancing economic highs and lows, while moving toward a sustainable future for both the community and the energy industry requires vision, tenacity and strong leadership. Canada is fortunate to have a leader like Lori Ackerman who sees the big picture and the local reality and is able to fit the two together for mutual benefit. There is a lot we can learn from Mayor Ackerman, which is why we’re so pleased she is the 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year.” said Jacob IrvingThe Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established in 2001 by the Energy Council of Canada to recognize and pay tribute to a Canadian energy leader who has made a significant impact at the national and international levels within the energy sector.Nominations are based upon the nominee’s outstanding accomplishments in the business or public sectors and the community at large.Since Mayor Ackerman thinks globally and acts locally, with Fort St. John City Council, she successfully aligned the City’s Strategic Plan with UN Global Sustainable Development Goals.Mayor Ackerman has received one of only two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum and Certified Passive House designations in Canada for Fort St. John’s demonstration house. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman will be honoured by the Energy Council of Canada as she has been chosen as the 2019 Energy Person of the Year.The Energy Council of Canada recognizes Mayor Ackerman as one of Canada’s top energy advocates, by sharing she is admired for her leadership of a resource-driven municipality, striking a balance between energy development, community representation, and First Nations partnerships.As a 30-year resident of Fort St. John, B.C. and the community’s first female mayor, Mayor Ackerman understands the challenges and opportunities that energy resource municipalities manage by advocating for economic and community development, technological innovation, and Canadian competitiveness. The City of Fort St. John, was presented Clean Energy B.C.’s Community of the Year Award and installed an in-line turbine on the City’s gravity-fed effluent outfall line generating 780 MWh of energy each year, under Mayor Ackerman’s leadership.Mayor Ackerman is also a contributing member of the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) initiative, working with resource-based communities in Colombia and Peru to build capacity in local government.Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, Mayor Ackerman was recognized as one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in B.C.last_img read more

Supply issues blamed as NL loses first private regulated cannabis store

CLARENVILLE, N.L. — A privately-owned cannabis store in Newfoundland is closing, and the manager says supply issues are largely to blame.Puff Puff Pass Headshop in Clarenville, N.L., is the province’s first private weed store casualty since recreational marijuana was legalized in October.It is one of just six private, regulated cannabis retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will shut its doors for good on Thursday.Business manager Tina Greening says retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador are only allowed to purchase from seven licensed producers, picked by the province’s liquor commission.She said the suppliers provided stores with a “small list” of what they were allowed to order, and even dictated quantities.The owners of other private, regulated stores in the province have raised similar concerns about supply, and some shops have run out of product routinely.“If those suppliers didn’t have anything, there was no other recourse. There was nowhere we could go and order supply,” Greening said. A supply crunch has hampered government-run and private retailers across Canada.But Greening also said the quality of the product was not to her customers’ standard.She said they want no less than 20 per cent THC, but the stock she’s getting is maxing out at 11 to 15 per cent.“I know it’s only been legal since October but in reality my customers have been consuming cannabis for some of them 30, 40 years. They know what they want when they come into my store,” said Greening.“I’ve had customers say to me personally, you know, this is it, I’ve been in here so many times you guys never have anything that we want, I’m just going back to the black market and I’ll never buy legal again.” (VOCM)The Canadian Press read more

BC says insurance rates to go up by 49 per cent as

B.C. says insurance rates to go up by 4.9 per cent as affordability is reviewed VICTORIA – Those who insure their vehicles in British Columbia will see a rate increase for basic insurance of 4.9 per cent.The provincial government has directed the B.C. Utilities Commission to approve the rate for next year for the public auto insurer, but it wants to make sure that in the long term, the rates are in line with inflation.Transport Minister Todd Stone told reporters in a conference call that he acknowledges an increase of nearly 5 per cent year-over-year is not affordable for most families.“I’ve heard the message loud and clear that people are worried about the increasing cost of living,” he said.The minister announced the government has launched a third-party review to make recommendations that will keep auto insurance rates affordable in the long term.Stone said the goal is to put British Columbia drivers first and for the Insurance Corp. of B.C. to manage its cost pressures and bring rate increases closer to the inflation rate.He said the review will look at the entire spectrum of the insurer’s operations to come up with as many solutions as possible for reducing cost pressures.“We can’t keep doing things the same way and expect a different outcome, so we’re prepared to change,” Stone said.The minister said the government does not intend to move to a privatized model of insurance through this review.The insurance provider has already begun the process to prepare for the review, and the third party is expected to be selected in the new year.Stone said the aim is to have results of the review ready by early next summer to be able to effect the insurance provider’s next round of rate filing that is due in August.The third-party review comes as the frequency and severity of injury claims jumped, while the average cost of vehicle claims increased by 17 per cent between 2014 and 2015.The province announced earlier this year that it would be doubling basic premiums for high-priced luxury vehicles and clamping down on fraud with a new detection tool.ICBC is the province’s public auto insurer and almost all drivers in the province must purchase basic auto insurance for their vehicle through the corporation. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2016 4:06 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock appoints new Dean of Mathematics and Science

Syed Ejaz Ahmed — currently a professor and head of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Windsor — is Brock’s new Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Science.Syed Ejaz AhmedAhmed will take up his new position on Jan. 1, 2012. In the meantime, Rick Cheel, professor of Earth Sciences, will stay on for a six-month extension as Interim Dean.The announcement was made today by Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic.Ahmed has been at the University of Windsor since 2002. He received his MSc from the University of Guelph in 1984 and his PhD from Carleton University in 1987. He taught at the University of Regina from 1989-2002, the last three years as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.Ahmed was also an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario from 1987-89, and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan in 2008.Ahmed’s area of expertise includes statistical inference, multivariate analysis and asymptotic theory. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and was the founding director for the Centre for Statistical Consulting, Research, Learning and Services.He has made more than 120 scholarly presentations in countries around the world, authored more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and reviewed more than 70 books and research volumes. He is co-author of a popular textbook Introduction to Probability and Statistics, and author of two other textbooks.Knuttila said the new Dean emerged from a strong field of candidates who sought the appointment.“While we look forward to gaining a scholar of Dr. Ahmed’s calibre, I also want to express the University’s sincere appreciation to Rick Cheel, who has led the Faculty of Mathematics and Science for more than a year while we conducted the national search for a permanent replacement,” he said. read more

Weekend foggy earphones How three random words helped police come to rescue

awaited.passively.landings – the What3Words  address for StonehengeCredit:What3words / SWNS Costly Awesome Florists – the What3Words address for the Eden Project in CornwallCredit:What3words / SWNS Costly Awesome Florists - the What3Words address for the Eden Project in Cornwall Thousands of other organisations have also adopted the technology, including the UN, which uses it for disaster relief, Mercedes-Benz, which recently launched the world’s first car with built-in What3Words voice navigation, and Domino’s Pizza.Individuals can also use it to meet in crowded places such as on beaches or at festivals.The technology was the brainchild of  British entrepreneur Chris Sheldrick, who says it is more specific than postcodes, which were invented when posting letters was the main form of communication, and simpler than GPS co-ordinates.Mr Sheldrick and his friend Jack Waley-Cohen, a mathematician, who met when they both played chess at Eton, came up with the idea in 2013 and spent a year developing the product. They ensure that words that have two different spellings and profanities are carefully screened out.To generate 57 trillion three-word addresses, the company uses the cube root of that figure – a pool of about 38,500 words. Sam Sheppard, of Avon & Somerset Police, said it had changed the way the force dealt with incidents when the location unknown.He said: “We are moving away from the old style questioning – ‘Where have you come from?’, ‘Where are you going?’, ‘What can you see?’ etc. “These questions take time and aren’t always that accurate. Asking for a three word address or sending an SMS so they can easily provide their three word address, has meant we have saved valuable time locating incidents.” Two other police forces, Humberside and West Yorkshire, also use the system, as does the British Transport Police and three fire services; Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.Call handlers can send a text to the caller with a link to a page that generates their three-word address. awaited.passively.landings - the What3Words  address for Stonehenge Terrified and utterly disorientated after flipping her car into a ditch, Valerie Hawkett found herself stranded with absolutely no idea where she was. After managing to pull herself and her four-year-old daughter free from the vehicle, she called the police. But she could not be seen from the road and was unable to direct them to the scene.Incredibly, officers were able to pinpoint her exact location using new technology that assigns three random words to every 3m X 3m square on the planet.As such, after being sent the relevant web link, the words “weekend foggy earphones” led officers straight to the scene – a field on the A36 heading out of Norton St Philip, Somerset.The geocoding system, called What3Words has divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each of which has its own unique address.Avon and Somerset Police were among the first in the UK to pilot the technology last year and Ms Hawkett, 33, and her daughter are believed to be the first rescued with it. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Zlatan on Alphonso Davies If hes going to Bayern then hes

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is expecting great things from Alphonso Davies once he moves to Bayern MunichThe 17-year-old winger sealed a move to the Bundesliga champions in the summer transfer window and will join his new team once Vancouver Whitecaps’ MLS campaign comes to an end in the winter.And Ibrahimovic was left impressed by what he saw after going up against Davies in Galaxy’s 3-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.“If he’s going to Bayern, then he’s a good player,” said the 37-year-old on the Bundesliga website.“They don’t choose bad players, especially young ones. At a club like Bayern, he will learn a lot. If they saw something, they saw something big, because they don’t get anyone just like that.”Ibrahimovic, who has played for the likes of Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, feels that the young Canadian should not feel intimidated by the star players at Bayern.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I just hope he’s ready when he goes there,” he said.“Because when he arrives he will be lonely and the competition will be big, so he needs to be mentally strong. And when he sees the big players, not show too much respect.“You’re going there for a reason, because you’re part of the team. Then it’s up to him to do the rest, so I see a bright future!”Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives advice to Alphonso Davies ahead of his move to Bayern.— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 30, 2018last_img read more

Nikiski Man Arrested For An Active Federal Warrant

first_imgAccording to the online trooper dispatch, Joshua L. Kushner, age 38 of Nikiski, had an active federal warrant for his arrest. Further investigation revealed Kushner provided a false name to AST when contacted. Kushner was arrested for False Information and the active warrant. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers arrested a Nikiski man early this morning on an active federal warrant and providing false information to an officer. Kushner was transported to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was remanded and held without bail. At approximately 2 a.m.,, AST contacted a subject on N. Miller Loop Road, Nikiski for a motorist assist.last_img read more

Salon Media Group Reports Big Jump in Traffic

first_imgStrategic cuts reduced administrative expenses by 36 percent in Q1 2013 over that same period last year, and 24 percent ($1.2 million) for the fiscal year. Still, net losses kept the company in red ink over the last fiscal year. Net losses narrowed to $700,000 in Q1, which is a 55 percent reduction when compared to that period last year. However, total losses for the year were only reduced by .3 percent. Despite the administrative cuts and discontinuation of some operations like video and a subscription-based model, traffic increased exponentially. This is interesting in a time when publishers are racing to establish robust video and paid content strategies. The company’s website ended its fourth quarter with an average of 14.1 million monthly uniques, which was an increase of 93 percent over the same period the previous year. What’s more, the website averaged 10.7 million monthly uniques for the fiscal year; this was an increase of 68 percent over the previous year. These increases were third most amongst the consortium of publishers Salon competes against. Only Buzzfeed and Gawker grew their traffic more, according to ComScore.While Salon has undoubtedly improved its footing over the past year, there are still a couple of concerns when examining its forward looking statement. The company reports it has potentially insignificant cash flows. Not only that, but its dependence on outside capital investments could prove to be problematic. Also, its sustainability is reliant on ad sales, which as publishers know, has been a volatile source of revenue in recent years. Salon Media Group released its Q1 financials this week and it appears that Web traffic has stimulated revenue growth for the pure-play publisher. Web traffic isn’t the only catalyst however, the company also made strategic cuts in video production and its subscription model, which curbed some losses. Salon is up 21 percent in net revenue from continuing operations when comparing Q1 2013 to Q1 2012, which totals about $900,000. Overall, the company has increased its annual continuing operations by 5 percent from the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. Ad revenues swelled for the company as well-increasing 10 percent over 2012, which totals $3.3 million. Also, third-party ad sales grew by 23 percent in 2013, equaling $1.6 million.last_img read more

2020 Ford Escape teased ahead of debut next week

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Best-ever Escape performance, unrivaled flexibility and smart new technology. The all-new #FordEscape debuts April 2.— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) March 28, 2019 Crossovers Tags Share your voice More From Roadshow 23 Photos All-New #FordKuga // Revealed 02.04.2019— Ford UK (@forduk) March 28, 2019 Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Escape looks to have a new design. Ford A teaser video shared Thursday reveals that the new 2020 Ford Escape crossover will be revealed next Tuesday, April 2. While the video shows only brief glimpses of the new model, it’s clear the 2020 Escape will have a very different design than today’s version.Up front, expect the 2020 Ford Escape to have a restyled nose with a new grille design and the Ford oval badge now located above, rather than in the middle, said grille. Around back, it looks like the Escape’s rear window will have a shallower angle than before, while a larger roof spoiler and bold “Escape” block lettering will adorn the liftgate. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford 1 Comment Ford The current, third-gen Ford Escape was introduced at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and went on sale as a 2013 model. Though it’s received updates since then, rival compact crossovers — including top sellers such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 — have all spawned new models during that time.We’ll have more details and photos when the 2020 Ford Escape is fully revealed on April 2. The model should also be on display later in April at the New York Auto Show. The 2019 Ford Escape is stylish and spacious Other specifics won’t be announced until the Tuesday reveal, but it seems a fair guess the new Escape would continue to offer turbocharged four-cylinder engines, like the 179-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbo and 245-hp, 2.0-liter turbo offered today. It’s also rumored that the Escape will offer a plug-in-hybrid powertrain.Ford of Europe also teased its new Kuga on Thursday, the European version of the Escape, which will likewise debut on April 2. The Kuga’s teaser video shows a couple of different details, like a close-up of the new crossover’s headlights and a look at its rotary transmission shifter. But until the vehicles debut, we won’t know for sure if all of the the Kuga’s features will carry over to the Escape.last_img read more

BNP gets permission to hold rally in capital

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was finally given permission on Saturday to hold its planned public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Sunday.”The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities have given us written permission on different conditions to stage our rally tomorrow (Sunday) at Suhrawardy Udyan,” BNP publicity affairs secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anne told UNB.The BNP leader said DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia gave them the permission as he and party organising secretary Abdus Salam Azad met him at his office around 11:30am.On Monday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference said that they sought permission from the authorities concerned to hold a public rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their party’s Naya Paltan central office on Thursday.But the party rescheduled it on Tuesday for Saturday.Meanwhile, the party on Thursday sought fresh permission from the DMP authorities to hold the public rally on Sunday as the authorities reportedly requested it to change the rally schedule and submit a fresh application for the permission.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they will unveil their party’s future course of action and strategy at the Suhrawardy Udyan public rally.The party’s standing committee member Moudud Ahmed hinted that their party will announce fresh action programmes from the rally.last_img read more

Neo Geo X production ends a month after launch updated

first_imgUpdate: It is now being stated that production hasn’t ended completely. Instead, just the Neo Geo X Gold bundle will no longer be produced. The handheld will continue to be manufactured going forward.The Neo Geo X started out life last year as a rumor and some screenshots that looked more like an iPhone rip-off than a handheld games machine. But the handheld turned out to be a real product, and one that would ship with 20 Neo Geo games preinstalled. The only problem being, the price of purchasing one is particularly high at $200.SNK left us waiting until December for the Neo Geo X to finally launch, but just a month later and the writing already seems to be on the wall for the machine.Reports coming out of Japan suggest the initial production run of the handheld has completed and there is no intention of doing a second one. For the moment that’s only the case for Japan, but surely if it isn’t doing well in Japan it’s not going to be selling great numbers elsewhere.Apparently SNK will continue to release new games for the system, but if no more are produced that isn’t going to continue for very long.If you still want a Neo Geo X I’d suggest you go out and buy one as soon as possible. Chances are stock is going to dry up very quickly, and if no more are produced it could form a bit of a collector’s item, especially if you manage to get the replica console and joystick the Neo Geo X Gold ships with.The official site has a Where to buy page showing you where the handheld is being sold. A quick check shows that Amazon is shipping them for $199.99 and have stock.via Siliconeralast_img read more

Art within reach

first_imgIt is time for Gallerie Nvya’s much awaited annual show Within Reach driven with the intention of displaying well priced works of masters alongside new works by emerging artists . The quality as well as the priceline of the art works is the main criteria of selection. Within Reach, in its fifth year, is targeted essentially at discerning collectors who want to collect remarkable works at incredible prices! The art works are in varied genres and mediums like paintings, drawings, serigraphs, sculptures and installations. And the works come from a host of 50 artistes from across the country.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Priced reasonably, each of the works is selected after serious deliberation on the individual profile and work corpus of the respective young artist. For Nvya this is an opportunity to share and make available art that stands on the threshold of recognition and is filled with promise. Through the show they provide a platform for emerging artists in a space shared with more established names; affirm aesthetic sensibility, and celebrate the creative impulse that weaves colour and form into variegated manifestations of visual reality.Art galleries had a formidable aura in earlier times, a standoffish, snobbish setup which was interpreted as elitist by many, especially the young and not so affluent. With passage of time, this has changed to some extent. Gallerie Nvya has made this little endeavor with the Within Reach series of exhibitions to modify and revise this myth. Whether you are buying a piece or not -head over!last_img read more

Actor Kelly AuCoin Dollar Bill Stearn on Billions

first_imgToday, Colin is joined by Kelly AuCoin, who plays ‘Dollar’ Bill Stearn on the Showtime hit drama ‘Billions.’ He discusses Season 4 of the show, working with Paul Giamatti, the increased role of ‘Dollar’ Bill, when he realized the show could be something special, and how today’s TV series are movie level quality.Download and subscribe to The Herd: Saturday Special Podcast, exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or Apple Podcasts. Get your weekend Herd fix.last_img read more

How to upgrade Firefox 32bit to 64bit

first_imgHow to upgrade Firefox 32-bit to 64-bit by Martin Brinkmann on July 23, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: August 20, 2018 – 53 commentsOnly 1.7% of all Firefox users on Windows ran a 64-bit version of the browser in 2016 while the majority of users ran a 32-bit version of Firefox according to Mozilla. One core reason for that was that Mozilla pushed the 32-bit version of Firefox on the main download page and not the 64-bit version.Firefox users who wanted to download and use a 64-bit version of the browser on Windows needed to search for it actively. That was the main reason why only 1.7% ran a 64-bit version of Firefox at the time.The situation has changed significantly in recent time. Mozilla released a 64-bit version of the Firefox web browser for Windows last year and started to promote it more actively in recent time.The main Firefox Stable download page on the Mozilla website offers 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the browser with 64-bit the default nowadays.Is your Firefox 32-bit or 64-bit?32-bit versions of Firefox run on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. 64-bit versions on the other hand only on 64-bit Windows versions.Mozilla revealed recently that more than 30% of Firefox installations are on 32-bit versions of Windows.You have a couple of options to find out if you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Firefox. If you have not modified the user agent of the browser, you may load about:support in the browser’s address bar and check the user agent string.If it includes Win64 and/or x64 it is a 64-bit version. Please note that Wow64 is displayed if you run a 32-bit version of Firefox on a 64-bit system.You may check the Windows Task Manager instead if you prefer that. Windows display (32 bit) next to 32-bit processes so that you know right away when you open it using Ctrl-Shift-Esc.So why upgrade to 64-bit Firefox?Before we take a look at how to upgrade from a 32-bit version of Firefox to a 64-bit version, it is important to understand why upgrading makes sense (or not).Firefox 32-bit and 64-bit offer the same browsing functionality for the most part. 64-bit versions were limited when it came to support for plugins — only Flash and Silverlight are supported. If you depend on other plugins, say Java or Unity, you could not upgrade in the past; this changed with Mozilla’s decision to end support for NPAPI plugins in the Firefox browser.Firefox users could run 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Firefox side by side on the system to overcome the limitation in the past but since NPAPI support is not really an option anymore, plugin support is no longer part of the equation when it comes to selecting between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Firefox browser.The main benefit of running a 64-bit application is that it is not limited to using 4 GiB of memory. If you have more than 4 GiB of physical memory installed, Firefox may benefit from the extra RAM especially if you throw lots of tabs at it.This is not the case if you just run a tab or two in the browser, but if you run dozens or hundreds, lots of extensions, or run memory hungry apps, then you will benefit from the extra memory surely.Upgrade 32-bit Firefox to 64-bitMozilla started to migrate eligible 32-bit copies of Firefox on Windows to 64-bit copies automatically when Firefox 56 was released in mid 2017.Good news is that the upgrading is as easy as installing Firefox anew on the operating system. I suggest you back up profile data using MozBackup or Febe, or a comparable solution. This enables you to go back should things go wrong during the process.Next step is to download the 64-bit version of Firefox that you plan on using.Firefox 64-bit DownloadsFirefox StableFirefox ESRFirefox BetaFirefox DeveloperFirefox NightlyTo upgrade, simply run the installer and follow the instructions. You may run the newly installed 64-bit version of Firefox and it will pick up the default user profile automatically.You may downgrade to 32-bit at any time in the future by following the instructions again. Just make sure you download a 32-bit copy of Firefox that time as you need to install it.Please note that you will end up with two copies of Firefox installed on your system. A 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. Once you have made sure that the 64-bit version works, you may remove the 32-bit version of Firefox from the system.SummaryArticle NameHow to upgrade Firefox 32-bit to 64-bitDescriptionFind out whether you run a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Firefox, and how to upgrade the 32-bit Firefox web browser to a 64-bit copy.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

NVIDIA Explores Role of AI Analytics and Virtualization in Healthcare at HIMSS19

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Understand the Value of AI for Healthcare Delivery Organizations, Laura Craft, Gartner Inc., March 28, 2018. News | Artificial Intelligence | February 13, 2019 NVIDIA Explores Role of AI, Analytics and Virtualization in Healthcare at HIMSS19 Digital technology company will showcase latest implementations of cloud computing, virtual desktop infrastructures and other innovations Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more February 13, 2019 — Digital technology company NVIDIA will highlight its newest partnerships to advance the digital transformation of healthcare, and the importance of data centers in those efforts, at the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference and exhibition, Feb. 11-15 in Orlando, Fla.The data center is not one of the first things a hospital administrator probably thinks of when considering how medical care will change in the coming years, but NVIDIA argues that it should be.The fundamentals of delivering high-quality care while keeping costs in check depend on a modern data center. Digital health, value-based medicine, healthcare consumerism, big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are among the trends that healthcare leaders are grappling with. Having a data center capable of dealing with the growing abundance of data, compute-intensive algorithms and advanced analytics is key.NVIDIA will be joining partners such as HPE, NetApp, CoreTek and Nutanix at HIMSS19 for talks on the digital transformation of healthcare and its role in revolutionizing medical care facilities.Some examples of why this digital transformation is so important include: The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030.1 Finding ways to assist doctors and avoid burnout will be critical; News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Gartner estimates that “by 2025, 65 percent of all automated healthcare delivery processes will involve some form of AI”;2 andcenter_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Over 70 percent of medical imaging research is already using deep learning for preventative care, population health and precision medicine; FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 NVIDIA’s single platform for computing optimizes virtualized PCs, clinical informatics and AI to serve the needs of physicians, data scientists, business analysts and IT administrators. It can run machine learning analytics, build and apply AI applications, and provide staff with a high-quality virtual experience while working with medical images, watching a training video or conducting a telemedicine session.One NVIDIA customer is Nebraska Medicine, an academic health organization consisting of hospitals, specialty medical clinics and healthcare colleges. It offers virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to staff in remote medical clinics, providing them with access to file sharing and specialty applications no matter where they are physically, saving time and money.A VDI solution powered by NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation (Quadro vDWS) software and NVIDIA Tesla GPUs delivers high graphics quality and fluid image transition for Nebraska Medicine’s radiology department, providing a reliable template for transforming its entire IT infrastructure.The virtual workstations powered by NVIDIA provided an experience that was “as good as a medical-grade physical workstation,” said Shane Limbach, technical systems senior engineer at Nebraska Medicine.“With NVIDIA vGPUs, radiologic technologists will have increased accuracy of image interpretation — from detecting a broken bone to early detection of a cancerous tumor,” he said.In another example, Geisinger, the top healthcare leader in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, is putting deep learning and machine learning into practice — including improving patient survival predictions.The healthcare system started using electronic health records (EHR) over 20 years ago and is home to some of the most rich and diverse patient data, including longitudinal EHR data linked with imaging data, ECGs and genomic data.Geisinger used over 40,000 3-D images of the brain to develop and implement a deep learning model on NVIDIA’s computing platform that re-prioritizes radiology worklists for faster diagnosis of brain hemorrhage, resulting in a 96 percent reduction in the time it takes to diagnose patients.Beyond images there’s an ocean of patient data that is being routinely collected in the form of structured data in the EHR, physician’s notes, device data, imaging studies and genomic data. AI and machine learning help distill key insights from this data and surface timely clinical recommendations to physicians. That is why NVIDIA built the RAPIDS GPU-acceleration platform that can run the entire data science platform on GPUs.“The future of healthcare will be increasingly data-driven,” said Brandon Fornwalt, M.D., Ph.D., a radiologist and chair of imaging science and innovation at Geisinger. “NVIDIA’s GPU technology enables us to start defining this future now by garnering rapid insights from large clinical datasets with deep learning. We believe this can ultimately enable our patients to live longer, healthier lives.”For more information: www.nvidia.comReferences The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2016-2030, Association of American Medical colleges and IHS Markit Ltd. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Virtualization enables providers to securely access their patients’ data anywhere and on any device, making it a key technology for telemedicine. 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Headhunters at My Doorstep a departure for Troost

first_imgRelated posts:‘Paradise Imperfect’ a competent expat memoir The life and times of a very big fish: United Fruit’s Sam Zemurray Book Review: ‘Green Season’ delivers delights, belly laughs and revelations ‘The Manatee’s Big Day’ an imaginative, bilingual intro to nature In 2004, J. Maarten Troost burst onto the travel-writing scene with his first book, “The Sex Lives of Cannibals.” Troost was lovable for many reasons: He was a Gen X slacker, but inspired enough to live in the South Pacific. He was funny, but not hyperbolic. He was Dutch, but not really European – more like a bumbling Englishman with a hemp necklace. He was smart, free-spirited and utterly fun.It’s hard to believe that Troost only has been famous for nine years. His books seem like a longstanding part of the expatriate canon, alongside Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux, exotic travelogues you can comfortably read in an airport lounge. Troost has an easygoing shtick: He spends time in far-flung places, either as explorer (“Lost on Planet China”) or as resident (“Getting Stoned with Savages”). These thoughts and actions are distilled into pithy essays. He sips a shell full of kava, hallucinates for days, and then writes an entertaining anecdote about it. Add a title rife with shocking words (“lost,” “sex,” “savages,” “stoned,” “cannibals”) and you’ve got a New York Times bestseller.But don’t let his latest title fool you: “Headhunters at My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story” is a very different kind of book. In less than a decade, Troost has aged dramatically. In the book, he is married now, a father, and – it turns out – a raging alcoholic. “Headhunters” takes place again in the Pacific, but the book is largely a memoir of addiction and recovery. Entire chapters are devoted to his AA meetings, detox and brief switch from vodka to ganja. Now clean and sober, the author yearns for a fresh start, but the tropics aren’t just a spot on a map. In “Headhunters,” Troost returns to the last place he was happy.For page after page, Troost cocoons himself in wit and observation, which is refreshing if you’ve ever slogged through the average addiction-and-recovery memoir. In his quest for healthier living, Troost (literally) follows in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jacques Brel, Paul Gauguin and Thor Heyerdahl, eccentric men who found themselves in the maritime equivalent of nowhere. But beneath these layers of curiosity and digression lies a very painful story. When Troost recounts his wife’s ultimatum (to enroll in rehab or leave), the tone is light, but the subtext is deadly serious, and so, we imagine, was the actual event.Here is the paradox: Troost’s writing style has remained the same, a breezy, self-effacing prose with jabs of social commentary, yet the man himself has grown far more mature. Would he be as interested in Brel’s cancer diagnosis – and Brel’s decision to run away from treatment and sail around the world – if Troost himself hadn’t faced mortality? Would he have read Stevenson, a dense Victorian author, in his younger years? Would he feel quite so stridently disgusted by Gauguin, an infamous pedophile, if he didn’t have children himself? When he sees some kids playing in shark-infested waters, and their parents seem unconcerned, Troost reassesses his own role as a father. Is he overprotective? Should he let the young’uns run free? And – more to the point – would the author of “Getting Stoned with Savages,” only six years distant, have anticipated such a middle-aged crisis?Fans likely will be divided into two camps: the ones who liked the old Troost, loafing and dreamy and boozy, and the diehards who don’t care what he writes about, as long as they enjoy themselves.For droves of Costa Rican expats, “Headhunters” will chime with familiar themes. Years ago, Troost wanted to escape the First World grind, and he found an out-of-the-way tropical paradise to do so. He wanted sun and adventure and colorful new friends. Now, Troost is a famous author who is trying to outdo his demons. He takes up running and brushes up on his French. He remembers his childhood love of “Kon Tiki” and now feels critical of its flawed Swedish captain. All kinds of expats will see themselves in Troost: wide-eyed children who grew up, ran away, made serious mistakes, and redeemed themselves in a global way.Halfway through the book, Troost injects a literary quest, and the somber narrative finds some momentum. Troost distracts himself with Stevenson’s biography and the “Treasure Island” mythos, and he starts to sail away from 12-step anguish.If you’re a cynical reader, you could argue that Troost is the ultimate sellout. In a way, he has written the same book three different ways and exploited his own addiction for new writing material. It’s hard to say whether his Stevenson kick is genuine. “Headhunters” might strike the reader as an agent’s suggestion, a sellable idea that Troost went along with, because a sequel was just about due.Yet Troost’s saving grace is his affable personality. He really is a pleasure to read, no matter his subject. For mainstream readers, Troost’s gift is the ability to educate, entertain and inspire simultaneously. For expats, “Headhunters” describes the sensations we often fail to verbalize ourselves. Between the lines, some gravity emerges, for even escapists must haggle with weighty situations. After years as the consummate escapist, a recovered Troost has apparently grown up. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

White House travel exemptions to Cuba do not cover tourism

first_imgRelated posts:US, Cuba agree to let airlines begin flights Wonkblog: What the new U.S.-Cuba travel rules mean for US citizens hoping to visit Cuba There’s a real estate boom in Cuba, but for now, only Cubans can buy Cuba embargo under pressure as Obama urged to pull down barriers Facebook Comments President Barack Obama announced major changes in the United States’ 53-year embargo on communist Cuba Wednesday, but don’t pack your bags just yet. Tourism was not among the travel exemptions listed by the White House.Wednesday’s announcement, which followed the release of jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross, said that the U.S. would seek to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba that were severed in January 1961. The U.S. also would seek to reestablish an embassy. It currently operates a Special Interest Section out of the Swiss Embassy. President Obama also asked Secretary of State John Kerry to reassess the U.S. distinction of Cuba as a state sponsor of terror. Cuba was placed on that list in 1982.As an initial step, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson will lead a U.S. delegation in the next round of U.S.-Cuba immigration talks in January 2015 in Havana, according to the statement. President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House, on December 17, 2014. Obama spoke about the release earlier of Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DOUG MILLS“Neither the American nor Cuban people are well served by a rigid policy that is rooted in events that took place before many of us were born,” Obama said during a speech from the White House, noting that the U.S. has open relations with China, a far larger country that is also governed by a Communist Party, and Vietnam, where thousands of U.S. soldiers died in the war there.“For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement. “I look forward to being the first secretary of state in 60 years to visit Cuba.”Direct flights from Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport to Havana by the airline Cubana de Aviación restarted in November, but U.S. expats and tourists who want to travel to Cuba via Costa Rica may still risk running afoul of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees licenses and regulations for U.S. passport holders to travel to the island. The categories allowed to legally travel to Cuba now include:Family visitsOfficial business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizationsJournalistic activityProfessional research and professional meetingsEducational activitiesReligious activitiesPublic performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitionsSupport for the Cuban peopleHumanitarian projectsActivities of private foundations or research or educational institutesExportation, importation or transmissionThe new regulations would allow travelers to use U.S. credit and debit cards. Gringos who get their license to travel to Cuba could use those new payment options to bring back $400 worth of goods from Cuba, of which no more than $100 can consist of tobacco products and alcohol combined, according to the White House’s statement. Of course, Cohibas and Havana Club are legal in Costa Rica for those who’d rather skip the trip but still get a sip.Obama also announced expanded commercial sales and exports to Cuba, including certain building materials for private residential construction, goods for Cuban entrepreneurs and agricultural equipment with the stated aim of reducing Cuban citizens’ dependence on the government.Along with reestablishing diplomatic relations, the Obama administration announced that remittances would be raised from $500 to $2,000 per quarter for Cuban nationals, and that donative remittances for humanitarian projects would no longer require specific licenses.In Costa Rica, President Luis Guillermo Solís reacted to the news with an upbeat statement: “I think the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba will open a new moment in the dialogue between the United States and Latin America. It could put an end to a policy that for many years has been ineffective and has brought much sadness to thousands of people in both Cuba and the US. I think it’s very good news.”Wednesday’s break in the ice that long locked the U.S. and Cuba in a 53-year trade and travel embargo came after a string of conflicts between the two countries, including a story uncovered by The Associated Press about USAID programs based in Costa Rica that endangered poorly-trained agents tasked with pro-democracy activities on the island.Obama said that the case of jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned for attempting to “destroy the revolution,” had been a major impediment to further thawing of relations. Earlier this year, Gross went on a hunger strike to protest his detention. Pope Francis urged both countries to resolve the case, and Cuba released Gross on humanitarian grounds, according to Obama.Both countries engaged in a prisoner exchange, Obama said, where three Cuban nationals serving federal prison sentences for 15 years were exchanged for a U.S. intelligence agent who had been in prison on the island for 20 years and was reportedly responsible for contributing to the arrest of the three Cubans and other spies, Obama said. The U.S. president did not name the agent, whom he called “one of the most important intelligence agents the United States has ever had in Cuba.”Obama said that despite the thaw in diplomatic relations, the United States would continue to aggressively push democracy and human rights on the island.“I believe we can do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values though engagement. After all, these 50 years have shown that isolation does not work. It’s time for a new approach,” Obama said.Watch President Obama’s speech announcing the change below:last_img read more

USled coalition unleashes wave of airstrikes on Raqqa

first_img Top Stories BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a wave of airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria in what the coalition said Sunday was one of its most sustained aerial operations carried out in Syria to date.IS said at least 10 people were killed and many others wounded in the attacks which activists said triggered successive explosions that shook the city and created panic among residents. The U.S.-led coalition often targets IS-held towns and cities in Syria, but the overnight strikes on Raqqa were rare in their intensity. The IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency released a video of what it said was the effects of shelling Saturday by a U.S. drone on Raqqa. It showed several wounded men on a stretcher and at least three young boys being treated for wounds at what appeared to be a hospital.A Raqqa-based anti-IS activist network reported eight civilians were killed by the coalition airstrikes, including a 10-year-old child.The casualty figures could not be independently confirmed.The network, called Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered, said at least one airstrike targeted a group of IS members in the city center. Another targeted an IS checkpoint while a third destroyed large parts of an IS-held brick factory in the city. It said seven bridges used by civilians inside the city were also destroyed.In the remote northeastern city of Hassakeh, IS suicide bombers detonated an explosives-laden truck near a main power plant Sunday. State-run news agency SANA reported casualties and damage in the plant on the southern edge of the city.Fighting has raged in Hassakeh since the IS group attacked several southern neighborhoods held by government troops earlier this month. The violence has forced tens of thousands of residents to flee. The predominantly Kurdish city was split between government forces and Kurdish fighters, who have been fighting the IS group separately. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes Mesa family survives lightning strike to home In a statement, the coalition said it carried out 18 airstrikes throughout Raqqa province, destroying a number of IS vehicles and 16 bridges. An earlier statement said the attacks also destroyed vital IS-controlled structures and transit routes in Syria.“The significant airstrikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq,” said coalition spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Gilleran, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.“This was one of the largest deliberate engagements we have conducted to date in Syria, and it will have debilitating effects on Daesh’s ability to move” from Raqqa, he said.Raqqa is the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic caliphate declared a year ago by the Islamic State group in territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. The sustained airstrikes add pressure on the militants in Raqqa, still reeling from last month’s loss of the border town of Tal Abyad to Kurdish fighters. The town on the Turkish border was a major avenue for commerce and smuggling for the group.A militant website said 10 people were killed and dozens of others wounded. An IS-affiliated Facebook page said one civilian was among those killed and 10 were wounded including women and children. It also said the bombing destroyed several bridges.center_img In Iraq, a Defense Ministry statement said government forces repelled an IS attack Sunday morning on the town of Haditha and the nearby Haditha dam in Anbar province. At least 20 militants were killed in the failed attack, said the statement, which did not provide any further information.Iraqi forces, backed by Shiite militias, have been struggling to recapture areas lost to the IS group in the country’s west and north.In May, the militant group scored a stunning victory, overrunning Ramadi, the provincial capital of western Anbar province. Yet, Haditha and some other towns remain under control of government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters.In Lebanon, some 200 Kurdish nationals staged a demonstration in downtown Beirut in solidarity with their brethren in Syria who are fighting against IS militants.___Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub in Baghdad and Maamoun Youssef in Cairo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Law on new health body inconsistent MPs told

first_imgBy Evie AndreouHealth Minister, Constantinos Ioannou, told MPs on Thursday the government had referred the law on the creation of the organisation of state health services (Okyy) which was passed by the House plenum recently, due to inconsistencies.Ioannou, explained to the House health committee that the government referred the law, passed by the plenum right before the Easter holidays – as it was found to include inconsistent provisions.The government filed an amendment to correct the inconsistency between the provisions of the basic law as regards the declaration of possible conflict of interest in relation to the board members through their involvement in businesses related to the organisation’s activities, which is healthcare. However, there is a reference in the next paragraph to conflict of interest due to their involvement in any business.Ioannou told MPs last month that: “It used to be ‘in any businesses’ […] We changed it to ‘any businesses dealing with health issues’”.In the note accompanying the referral, President Nicos Anastasiades, said that parliament did not include the corrective amendment the government had suggested and, as a result, the inconsistency between these two paragraphs continued to exist and created problems in choosing and appointing the board members of Okyy.The president explained that the cabinet may appoint as a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors which neither he nor she, nor their spouse, has no interest in operations related to the activities of Okyy. However, the president said, the cabinet needed to check the degree of relevance to the activities of the organisation, of any enterprise owned by these persons.“This inconsistency causes confusion as to which is the correct application of the law and as to what the cabinet is asked to check to appoint the board of the Okyy,” the president said.In addition, he said, the provisions of the law under referral, lead to different treatment of the Okyy board in relation to the boards of other organisations as, in those cases, conflict of interest concerns their involvement in relevant businesses and not for any type of business they might own.Greens’ MP, Giorgos Perdikis, who had proposed the amendment which was voted by parliament, leading to the inconsistency, said that the House was being blackmailed and told that unless MPs withdraw the legislation they passed, three Cypriot members of the Okyy board had threatened to resign.“They are so prominent that they do not want to give the Council of Ministers their assets to check whether they are linked to healthcare businesses,” Perdikis said.The head of the House health committee, Costakis Constantinou, however, said that the minister never mentioned during the meeting anything about the resignation of any Okky board members.Disy, he said, accepted the referral.The eight-member board of the organisation of state health services was appointed last December, following cabinet approval. The main responsibilities of the board of directors are to oversee the operation of all public hospitals and centres of primary health care as well as the implementation of administrative and financial autonomy in public hospitals. Okyy will replace the health ministry in providing health services.You May LikeSolar PowerCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar PowerUndoOpoopa10 Greatest American Inventions That Changed The World!OpoopaUndoHealevateMom Sees Tiny Hole In Goodwill Diaper Bag, Finds Something She Will Never ForgetHealevateUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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